Our upcoming roadtrip

After several weeks of deciding and occasional planning, we’ve finalized–at least for now–our upcoming roadtrip. We’re technically holding off on our honeymoon until next summer when we tackle either the Alaskan parks or the Amazon. Here’s what we’re looking at doing this year:

National Park Service units

  1. Manzanar National Historic Site (CA)
  2. Devils Postpile National Monument (CA)
  3. Yosemite National Park* (CA) for our wedding
  4. Lassen Volcanic National Park (CA)
  5. Whiskeytown-Trinity-Shasta National Recreation Area (CA)
  6. Lava Beds National Monument (CA)
  7. Oregon Caves National Monument (OR)
  8. Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park – Seattle Unit (WA)
  9. Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve (WA)
  10. San Juan Island National Historic Park (WA)
  11. North Cascades National Park (WA)
  12. Ross Lake National Recreational Area (WA)
  13. Lake Chelan National Recreational Area (WA)

Canadian Park Units

  1. Mount Revelstoke National Park (British Columbia)
  2. Glacier National Park (British Columbia)
  3. Yoho National Park (British Columbia)
  4. Kootenay National Park (British Columbia)
  5. Jasper National Park (Alberta)
  6. Banff National Park (Alberta)
  7. Banff Park Museum National Historic Site (Alberta)
  8. Cave and Basin National Historic Site (Alberta)
  9. Bar U Ranch National Historic Site (Alberta)

We are also considering hitting a couple additional Canadian parks and maybe an additional NPS unit or two as well. This would bump up our total National Park Service units visited to the low 180s, and would get us to about 9 total Canadian national parks (about 30%).

Ready for a vacation

It’s been tough the last couple of weeks staying productive at work. First, there’s just a ton of stuff to do. I’m busy enough trying to catch up on things that I had neglected during the Ironwood Forest comment period. But several new things have popped up in the meantime, most notably working with the new NSC Foundation on friends groups stuff, as well as spending more time doing FAFNM stuff now that our outreach coordinator has left.

Since I was already past my burn-out point (reached that about a month ago), it’s tough to put in the 60-70 hour weeks when all i can think about is the great roadtrip Kim and I have coming up.

Trip planning

Kim and I spent most of the day today planning out our July roadtrip. It’s our ten year anniversary, so we’re going being quite ambitious, but I think it’s really going to be a great trip. The main attraction is a visit to Glacier National Park, but we’ll also be hitting a long list of other, nearly-as-cool places:

-Battle of Little Bighorn
-Great Basin National Park
-Devil’s Tower
-Craters of the Moon
-Pompey’s Pillar
-Mt Rushmore
-Theodore Roosevelt National Park
-Badlands
-Wind and Jewel Caves
-a bunch of other cool places.

We have several different options for the last week of the trip; we’ll make the decision on the fly depending on how we feel. In all, we’ll likely be hitting a little over 30 destinations (about 25 of those National Park Service sites), between 13-17 different states, and driving anywhere from 5600-6600 miles. And, of course, creating hundreds of lasting memories.